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Department of Ed on Defensive at Council Hearing

Department of Ed on Defensive at Council Hearing

BY ANDY HUMM | Out gay City Councilmember Daniel Dromm of Queens, on October 30, presided over a hearing of the Committee on Education he chairs that heard more than six hours of testimony on bullying in the city public schools, with representatives from the Department of Education (DOE) on the defensive and students and advocates […]

How the US Second Circuit Decided the NYC Churches in Schools Case

How the US Second Circuit Decided the NYC Churches in Schools Case

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Ruling in a long-running case that may not yet be at an end, a federal appeals panel has found that a New York City policy barring the rental of public school space for “religious worship services” does not violate the First Amendment. The April 3 decision from the Manhattan-based Second Circuit […]

A New Mayor and Great Expectations

A New Mayor and Great Expectations

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | When Bill de Blasio stood on the steps of City Hall January 1 to be sworn in as New York’s 109th mayor, nothing in the inaugural ceremony suggested a hint of retreat from the progressive themes his campaign raised. That’s encouraging, but the proving ground will likely be the next six months […]

City Schools Veteran Named de Blasio’s DOE Chancellor

City Schools Veteran Named de Blasio’s DOE Chancellor

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Continuing a pattern of appointing people who have long experience in government to prominent roles in his administration, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio selected Carmen Fariña to be schools chancellor, citing her 40-year career in the city schools. “I came to know someone who at the time was already legendary throughout the […]